Simbang Gabi Mass, a Filipino Christmas tradition, set for Dec. 15

Alter servers prepared for the entrance procession of the Simbang Gabi Mass Dec. 16, 2016, at St. Margaret Mary Church, 7813 Shelbyville Road. The Filipino tradition consists of nine Masses celebrated during the nine days leading up to Christmas. In the Archdiocese of Louisville, one Mass is celebrated. (Record File Photo by Ruby Thomas)

The Archdiocese of Louisville’s Office of Multicultural Ministry (OMM) and its Filipino Ministry will celebrate Simbang Gabi, a Filipino tradition, with Mass on Dec. 15 at 6 p.m. at St. Margaret Mary Church, 7813 Shelbyville Road. Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz will preside.

Simbang Gabi, which means “night worship,” is a “way of preparing for the great feast of Christmas,” according to an announcement from the OMM. “Filipinos attend the nine-day devotional Masses leading up to the birth of Jesus on Christmas Day.”

For more information, call the Office of Multicultural Ministry at 636-0296, ext. 1245.

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